After Qatar Airways last December, it was the turn of Vietnam Airlines to receive their first A350 on 30 June at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse (south western France). Externally the airliner flaunts its new blue and gold livery, and lotus flower emblem. Inside, the Vietnam Airlines A350 has 305 seats, featuring the emblematic flower.
Between the seats in the Economy Class, and those in the Deluxe Economy, the main difference is in the seat width, being ten centimetres more (almost 4 inches) in Premium ; apart from that ; the configuration (3-3-3) is the same, as are the touch screens, and the modest reclining angle of the seats, together with adjustable winged headrests. In Business Class, at the front of the aircraft, the 29, extra-wide, direct aisle access seats, manufactured by Stelia Aerospace, convert into two-metre long (6½ feet) flat beds. The passenger also has a reading light, and a 38 centimetre (15 inches) screen.
The company’s first passengers will have the pleasure of trying out the A350 for themselves soon. Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President, Commercial - Vietnam Airlines : " The aircraft will arrive to Hanoi this first of July. And the aircraft will be put into operation immediately from the third of July. However for this first step, we will make domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City."
In fact, only from October onwards, will the company operate the A350 internationally, with Paris as the first stopover. Vietnam Airlines is due to take delivery of three additional A350’s by the end of the year. On the 24th of July, they should also receive their first Boeing 787.